Felixstowe: Bus driver Spencer Cook jailed for 16 years after abusing girls and taking photos and videos

Spencer Cook

Spencer Cook - Credit: Archant

A Felixstowe bus driver who sexually abused two schoolgirls and took photographs and video footage while he did it has been jailed for 16 years.

Spencer Cook, 36, took 700 pictures of one of the girls while he sexually abused her and made an indecent video of the other girl, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Cook had also raped one of the girls and committed an offence of voyeurism by “peeping” at a third schoolgirl without her knowledge while she was going to the toilet.

Cook, of Larkhill Way, Felixstowe, admitted two offences of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, three offences of sexually assaulting a girl under 13, three offences of assault by penetration of a child under 13, rape, taking an indecent video of a girl, taking indecent photographs of a child, two offences of making indecent images of children and an offence of voyeurism.

Jailing him for 16 years Judge David Goodin said Cook had accepted his responsibility for the offences and in a letter to the court had expressed “deeply-felt remorse” for what he had done.

“I have no doubt that you are filled with self disgust. The more disgraceful and disgusting the offences the more difficult to admit them,” said the judge.

He said he had read a number of letters from people who thought highly of Cook who had no previous convictions.

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In addition to jailing Cook, Judge Goodin made him the subject of a sexual offences prevention order and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Mr Sadd said Cook had coached or groomed the girls to stay silent about the abuse they had suffered.

He said Cook had put images of one of the girls, which were not indecent, on a Russian website which was used by people with an interest in child abuse imagery and allowed them to leave comments.

The court heard the offences came to light after police officers acting on information they received as a result of Cook’s use of the internet went to his home with a search warrant and seized his computer equipment.